Jesse Johnson served as State Representative for the 30th Legislative District following 2 years as a Councilmember for the City of Federal Way. Jesse and his four younger siblings grew up in Federal Way since he was five years old. After graduating from Federal Way High School, a student athlete with Honors, he went on to earn his Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Education from the University of Washington. In addition to his role as State Representative, Jesse currently works as a Staffing Analyst in Workforce Planning and Development for Highline Public Schools. Jesse has worked in different capacities within the field of Education including as a Career and College Readiness Counselor and Family Engagement Coordinator at both the high school and district level. As a Washington Education Association member, Jesse understands the need for high quality early learning, education and career pathway access for every child and family.
“It’s not just the youth. I want to work with seniors, disabled veterans, I want to help anyone who needs support in the 30th District. I would want them to know that for me…I don’t see myself as a politician, I see myself as a public servant and so I want them to know that I serve them.”
– Jesse Johnson
Jesse is a champion for youth, working families and seniors and believes in the power of community engagement. He has led the community in organizing youth forums, youth violence prevention programs, and connecting young people to apprenticeships, trade opportunities, and postsecondary education. In addition, Jesse has fought to get funding for resources that support youth and working families. As a City Councilmember, Jesse helped to create the City’s first ever Senior Advisory Commission to give seniors a voice around issues like housing and healthcare. In Olympia, Jessie has championed police reform emphasizing de-escalation which have led to a five year low in deaths at the hands of the Seattle Police Department. Jesse and his wife, a Medical student at the University of Washington, live in Federal Way with their daughter and dog. His parents and siblings live in Federal Way as well.